Eel Pie Club at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ
Doors 8:30pm. Music 9-11pm (unless otherwise advertised).
Tickets: Cash on door or by credit card via www.eelpieclub.com
Enquiries: 07732 322610
Image: Gino Washington on 30th November
Thursday 7 September
TRIBUTE TO MEMPHIS SLIM
This unique-in-the-world tribute to one of the blues giants has already been performed at the Royal Albert Hall and The Boisdale, Canary Wharf, and Peter Chatman, the son of Memphis Slim, is enthusiastic about the project.
The band features top blues musicians, including Eric Ranzoni who has been playing keyboards with Mud Morganfield, the son of Muddy Waters, for 8 years; Pete Pritchard on bass who has played with, among others, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alvin Lee and Elvis original guitarist, Scotty Moore. On guitar is Mal Barclay of The Cadillac Kings, and on drums, George Hart.
This tribute was inspired by Eric Ranzoni’s meeting in Paris with drummer Michel Denis and pianist Jean-Paul Amouroux who both played with Memphis Slim during his French years later in his life. £12
Thursday 14 September
A thrilling All-Star combination of three bands that played on Eel Pie Island in th 1960s – The Birds featuring vocalist, Ali Mackenzie (which in the 1960s also featured Ronnie Wood on guitar), guitarist, Derek Griffiths of The Artwoods (which featured Art Wood on vocals) and Keith Grant of The Downliners Sect on bass. Mark Freeman (Rollin’ Stoned, Art Wood All-Stars, Downliners Sect) is on drums and Chris Parren (Strawbs, Rocky Horror Show Band) is on keyboards. £11
Thursday 28 September
Slim Chance has its origin in the early seventies, formed by the legendary and brilliant songwriter, Ronnie Lane, who had been a mainstay of both the Small Faces and The Faces.
Slim Chance are brilliant live band, whose members are all fine singers, musicians and showmen, playing an amazing array of instruments. The band is known for its pioneering use of fiddles, mandolin and accordion.
Recently, the Huffington Post described the band as ‘the real deal’, an ‘organic multifaceted collective’ ‘raising the roof’.
Since the release of the film, The Passing Show, the 2004 concert at the Albert Hall with Pete Townshend and Paul Weller, and more recently the re-release of classic Slim Chance material by Island/Universal Records, there has been a resurgence of interest in Ronnie Lane’s music and the band, Slim Chance.
The line-up now features original members, Charlie Hart, Steve Simpson, Steve Bingham, plus guests including Geraint Watkins, John Lingwood, Des Horsfall, Benny Gallagher and more. Their set includes a host of classic Ronnie Lane songs including Ooh la la, Debris, The Poacher and How Come, as well as original tracks from their new album “On The Move” which has received rave reviews in all the top music press. £15.
Thursday, 12 October
JOHN IDAN & THE NATURAL BLUES BAND
John Idan is lead guitarist/vocalist with the world famous YARDBIRDS. He is taking a break from touring to play some great rhythm ‘n’ blues at The Eel Pie Club with his own band, The Natural Blues Band – which he originally formed in his home city of Detroit. £13
Thursday, 19 October
THE DOWNLINERS SECT
Very much part of the London Rhythm and Blues scene in the 1960s, The Downliners started out in Twickenham on Eel Pie Island and subsequently took over The Rolling Stones’ residency at Ken Colyers Club in London’s West End. The Downliners Sect still attract crowds of thousands in Japan, Spain and Sweden where their song, Little Egypt, reached Number One in the Hit Parad. The Downliners Sect today are original Members, Don Craine (vocals/guitar), and Keith Grant (vocals/bass), plus Del Dwyer (vocals/guitar), John O’Leary (vocals/harmonica), Mark Freeman (drums). £12
Thursday, 2 November
UNCHAINED – THE BEST OF JOE COCKER
An original project in tribute to Joe Cocker with a 5-piece band plus backing singers, led by the charismatic voice of Paul Cox. Paul Cox never fails to excite his audience thanks to his deep, warm and rocky voice – always sensual. His interpretation of Joe Cocker’s repertoire is truly astonishing. Joe Cocker is honoured in a concert where ach musician brings a personal touch to express his/her admiration for this great singer who passed away in 2014 who bewitched crowds and touched the hearts of many.
The band features Paul Cox on vocals, Mike Summerland on guitar, Nigel Hardy on bass, Pete Stroud on drums, Dave Moore on keys and backing vocals by Stephanie Whitelock. £11
Thursday, 16 November
Led by original vocalist, Pete French (also frontman of the original and current re-formed Atomic Rooster), Leaf Hound was a product of the SW London rock scene of the late ‘60s which spawned the likes of Free and other blues-rock acts, and their 1971 Growers of Mushroom album has achieved massive cult status and has just won the accolade of being the most valuable album to exchange hands, at a whopping $6,184.
Pete’s reputation as a potent lead vocalist led him to stints as frontman to Carmine Appice’s US band, Cactus and the popular German act, Randy Pie, before recording his acclaimed solo album, Ducks in Flight, which featured Brian Robertson, Micky Moody and Kenney Jones. This album is currently re-released on Repertoire Records.
Pete reformed Leaf Hound in 2004 and since then the band has re-issued the Growers of Mushroom album with 1 additional track and recorded a new album, Unleashed. Leaf Hound’s Live in Japan CD/DVD and Vinyl was released 4 years ago via Ripple Music. Tonight’s line-up is Pete on vocals, Luke Rayner on guitar, Pete Herbert on bass and Jim Rowland on drums. www.leafhound.net
Pete’s vocals on Leaf Hound’s song, Freelance Fiend, was the soundtrack to the Casio G-Shock Watches advert on cinemas worldwide. His voice was also featured on the theme song from TV’s ‘Life on Mars’. £12
Thursday, 30 November
GENO WASHINGTON & THE YO YOS
Geno Washington is still the ultimate 60s soul man, enjoying cult status in soul, blues and RnB scenes, mainly due to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer.
A contemporary of Georgie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the day), Geno is as electrifying today as ever, a force of nature and a genuine joy to behold.
In 1980 ‘Oh Geno!’ was a massive UK Number 1 hit for Dexys Midnight Runners. Vocalist Kevin Roland based the song on his memories of Geno’s gigs, when clubland used to cho to the chants of Geno! Geno! Geno!
Geno Washington & The Yo Yos features members of the super tight Ram Jam Band, playing a blistering set of pared down street soul, RnB and house rockin’ blues.
Always ready to rock the house, the king of the swingers, Geno Washington, is the incarnation of all things 60s. Hipsters and flipsters, movers and shakers alike, all will have a great time when the good time guru gets his army of fans on the good foot! The old Geno magic still drags them in and sends them home high. £16